By January of 1996 I'd moved to Pittsburgh, the place that seems to now be my home. When I 1st arrived, I was largely ignored. One of the few people to express any interest in doing anything with me was Ed-Um Bucholtz who had a radio program on WRCT, the station of Carnegie-Mellon University, a station that's still one of my favorites to this day. I was teaching my girlfriend of the time to play guitar. Because of this, I'd composed a piece called "Past Life Regression" that incorporated a variety of techniques that I was trying to teach her. In February, I went on Ed-Um's program & played 3 takes of this solo, live. The 1st track here is one of them. This piece has also been released on my "Guitar Running Thru It Like A Rotten Thread" tape. I called it "Past Life Regression" because I'd long since stopped playing guitar & felt like I was backsliding by doing so again. As it turned out, I think it's probably the best guitar solo I've ever played.
In March I went on Ed-Um's program again to record a 'correct' playing of my record from the year before: "Usic - â-1 = a Plethora of No Longer Neglected Audio/Conceptual Obstacle Courses". This playing involved having 5 turntables: one each to play each of the 4 lock grooves of the record & one for the guest performer DJ, in both these instances, DJ Static, play the double groove side of the record according to my instructions. The somewhat daunting task of the DJ was to play each of the clocktower melody parts in logical order (ie: the quarter-hour mark, the half-hour mark, the 3-quarter-hour mark, the hour mark) & to scratch-improvise in between. Also present in the studio was another DJ, Selecta. I picked Selecta's version for both my "Low Classical Usic" CD-R & my "Mechanically Repetitive / Re-Recorded Records Record" (2008). However, DJ Static's versions were also good so I'm presenting both of them here. The piece is therefore called "Navigating the Obstacle Course of Usic - â-1 with DJ Static".
- December 5, 2012E.V. notes from tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE